In my short life time, I have seen computers go from only being in the classroom having only Organ Trail and Kidpix to having a computer at the touch of a finger. I remember when it was cool to have a pager and unheard of to have a cell phone. Technology is a wonderful thing, but when is it too much? We see campaigns for … Continue reading Technology and the Next Generation
It is helpful to realize that TV shows filmed with one camera are less addictive (due to the lack of a “flicker” every few second from one angle to another.) Repetitive viewing of a favorite DVD does not enhance a TV habit. All children love repetition. It allows them to make a story or movie “their own”. Rather than mindless viewing, they tend to memorize … Continue reading Beating the TV Habit
I tape any movies or specials that the children want to watch. While taping, I view the show so I can edit out commercials and determine if it is appropriate. This allows me to “screen” the show and has helped us develop a library of good movies. Linda Grant We have set times and shows that the children can watch. For awhile we tried afternoon cartoons, … Continue reading This Works for Me: Monitoring TV
There have been so much debate over the question of whether television is a priceless learning tool or a great evil. I don’t know about your television set, but mine, left to its own devices, doesn’t have any real power at all, except an uncanny ability to attract dust. The only control my television has over my life is that which I grant it. With my … Continue reading Television: A Priceless Learning Tool or a Great Evil?